Lanka Templeman

Person centred/Existential counselling for adults

I hold a degree in Psychology, a Certificate in counselling skills and a Post Graduate Diploma In Person Centred/Existential Counselling. I continue to learn and train through courses and workshops.

Before starting private practice, I worked as a student counsellor for London Metropolitan University, a staff counsellor at Mayday Hospital and for Carers Support West Sussex as a counsellor and assessor.

I am a member of the BACP

My approach to counselling

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” -Bruce Lee


We all have our baggage; we carry it around and even pile more on without really noticing and usually we get along fine. However, when life trips us up our baggage can suddenly seem very heavy. Counselling is an effective way to unpack it, sort through it, let go of some things and re-pack the rest into something manageable.

What happens in counselling and what’s the point?

Put most simply, during counselling you and I will sit down in a quiet room in a couple of chairs facing each other. Weekly meetings for 50 minutes are recommended.

You will talk and I will listen. As you talk about yourself, you will get to hear your own thoughts and feelings out loud and as you do that, you will get to know yourself better and I will to get to know you too. I will ask you questions about your life, this may be about thoughts, opinions or feelings, it may be about your past or the people in your life. I will not tell you what to do, how to fix your problems or give my views on your decisions, thoughts, feelings or opinions. But – I will always be honest with you sometimes that may mean breaking the above rule if necessary and for your benefit.

Therapy is not forever but, returning does not mean going backwards.